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Château la Tour Blanche Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes 1990

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Château La Tour Blanche:
Chateau La Tour Blanche is situated in the heart of The Sauternes Appellation. About 40 km south of Bordeaux, this appellation covers nearly 2100 hectares and encompasses the five villages of Barsac, Bommes, Fargues, Preignac and Sauternes.. The merging of The River Garonne and its colder tributary The Ciron creates a microclimate which accounts for the autumnal climate of early morning mists... Read more
Chateau La Tour Blanche is situated in the heart of The Sauternes Appellation. About 40 km south of Bordeaux, this appellation covers nearly 2100 hectares and encompasses the five villages of Barsac, Bommes, Fargues, Preignac and Sauternes.. The merging of The River Garonne and its colder tributary The Ciron creates a microclimate which accounts for the autumnal climate of early morning mists followed by bright sunny days. Consequently, botrytis cinerea, a microscopic fungus, finds itself in ideal conditions to develop on the grape berries causing an evaporation of the berries' water content. This phenomenon is known as Noble Rot ("Pourriture Noble"). Read less

External Reviews for Château la Tour Blanche Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Intense and exotic. Ripe and rich botrytis flavors explode on the palate to a long finish. Very sweet and full in body, it packs in the spice, white pepper, cream, coffee, quince and dried apricot notes.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Bright yellow color. vivid aromas of lemon and curd and honey, with a hint of almond. Medium- to full-bodied, medium sweet, with fresh acidity and a long, fruity aftertaste. Best after 2002.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

A wonderful Sauternes exhibiting a gorgeous lemony, pineapple, waxy nose. Full bodied, round, and generous, with excellent concentration, this beauty should continue to drink well for another 15-20 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The 1989 stood out in my tastings as one of the best Sauternes of the vintage. Explosive, with a fabulous bouquet of oranges, mangoes, and coconut, this decadently rich, full-bodied, monstrous-sized Sauternes has enough acidity for balance. It is one of the greatest wines of the 1989 Barsac/Sauternes vintage. Anticipated maturity: 1996-2030.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Big and ripe, very sweet and full in body, with lots of tropical fruit, a lovely, creamy texture and some caramel, apricot and butter flavors. long finish. Try in 1998.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The 1990 is less aromatic, but richer and fuller-bodied [than the 1988]. It has not lost any of its elegant, honeyed, botrytised style. The 1990 comes across as slightly fatter and richer. Both wines are classic Sauternes that remain underpriced given the resurgence of this well-known estate. Both will keep for three decades or more.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Pungently botrytized aromas feature game, honey, marmalade, clove oil, charred oak and a whiff of herbs. Very concentrated and very young; the wineandrsquo;s impressively thick texture is leavened by lively acidity and tangy botrytis tones. The honey, mint, mineral and fresh herbal flavors harmonize beautifully. Very long, smoky-oaky aftertaste. The best of these three vintages by a clear margin. Finishes with lower alcohol (13.2%) and higher sugar (72 g/l) than either the andrsquo;89 or andrsquo;88.


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